AIMA Pulse Poll: Returning to Work - The Final Findings

Published: 15 June 2020

Like many aspects of this global pandemic, returning to the office is a decision that presents a variety of challenges. Last week we surveyed our members to best understand their views and practices as businesses worldwide consider this decision.

The following points offer a high level overview of the findings:

  • Global survey of 265 respondents including fund manager firms, service providers and investors representing an estimated 80,000 employees worldwide.
  • Approximately 3/4 of all respondents are investment manager firms with the remaining 1/4 being service providers and investors.
  • On a geographic measure, 44% of all responses are from the EMEA region, 39% from the Americas (USA, Canada) and 17% from the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Approximately 93% of employees are working entirely (68%) and/or mostly from home (25%). The remaining 7% are either working entirely or mainly from a disaster recovery site.
  • Just under half (45%) expect 50% or more of staff to return to the office in November. 1 in 5 do not expect any staff to return to the office until after January 2021.
  • 38% expect to be able to receive visitors to their offices starting from Q4 this year.
  • 75% of all respondents are not expecting to travel overseas for the rest of this year.
  • 62% of all respondents are expecting to adopt a more liberal work-from-home policy in the future.
  • Top three greatest concerns for firms who are considering a return to the office (1) having to travel on crowded public transport, (2) a second wave of the virus, (3) overly restrictive measures imposed by governments and local authorities preventing businesses from reopening their offices.

To access the full survey results, please click here. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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